My daughter, who is of the YouTube and MySpace generation inveigled upon me to make an exception for “Scrubs” (and “House”) to my normally-unbreakable primary rule about broadcast television; which is to eschew watching any television show about doctors, cops or lawyers. This rule is based on the bitter experience of having seen just about every single plot permutation imaginable in the medical, legal or law-enforcement venue several dozen times over. It is not entertainment when one can predict the outcome of an episode before going five minutes into it.

I think of “Scrubs” as the updated civilian version of “M*A*S*H” – at least if it is reminiscent of a medical comedy-drama, it has the good taste to model itself after a darned good one – and it’s frequent lurches into surrealist absurdities are even more pronounced. Like “M*A*S*H”, it has an eclectic bag of characters – the nebbishy intern JD, and his friends, brash Turk and the pretty but comically insecure Elliot, ricocheting like ping pong balls among the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital. At this point in the series arc viewers might think that pretty much everything that could be done with the characters could be done – but season six had some surprises: Carla and Turk coping with parenthood for the first time, the acerbic Doctor Cox and his wife re-running through their minefield of a marriage, the sudden death of Nurse Laverne and J.D. and Elliot poised to take the marital plunge, but not with each other. There was also the comic road trip from hell and one entire episode as a Broadway musical. Now that was an especially prolonged, episode-length lurch into surreality.

Notable bonus features in the season 6 collection include a short feature about the making of “My Musical”- obviously, all involved had an enormous amount of fun doing it – and a long sit-down monologue with Judy Reyes (Carla) talking about the show. I would have liked to see other cast members, in similar conversations. Deleted scenes and alternate lines played the scene as it was broadcast, and then showed the alternate scene; as is usual, some of the scenes would have added something more and obviously were deleted for time – like the hilarious visualization of medicine being practiced as if we had more in common with dogs. Well worth watching, especially if the writers strike continues for long.

Scrubs is available from and other retail outlets after Thursday, November 15th.

Sgt. Mom is a freelance writer from San Antonio who blogs at The Daily Brief. Her latest book, “To Truckee’s Trail” is available here. More about her books is at her website,

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